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  • Summary: To battle the Darkness and the Taken army, players get brand new subclasses with new supers. Warlocks now harness the power of an electric storm, Hunters carve a bow formed from gravitational void energy, and Titans summon a flaming hammer that can sear their adversaries from a range orTo battle the Darkness and the Taken army, players get brand new subclasses with new supers. Warlocks now harness the power of an electric storm, Hunters carve a bow formed from gravitational void energy, and Titans summon a flaming hammer that can sear their adversaries from a range or deliver a devastating melee impact. Expand

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 23, 2015
    95
    The Taken King ultimately is what the players – and probably even Bungie – always wanted Destiny game to be. The improvements to the user interface and quest system alone make the game so much more playable, but they quickly fade to the background once you dig into the content.
  2. Nov 2, 2015
    90
    If you’re willing to do the social networking and accept the time commitment that Destiny requires to reach its endgame content, you’ll be treated to the first massively multiplayer online game built around the core of first-person shooter gameplay, a unique entry in the world of video games, and a growing universe where you and your fellow Guardians are all that stand between the Light, humanity’s last hope, and the Darkness that threatens to wipe us out forever.
  3. Sep 18, 2015
    90
    If you’ve been playing consistently for the past year and already have the past two expansions, The Taken King is a must-have. Bungie made this for you.
  4. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Nov 9, 2015
    90
    Always troubled but brilliant, now simply brilliant, Destiny has undergone an extraordinary change. It still demands your time, but the reward is one of Xbox's most well-rounded games. [Dec 2015, p.67]
  5. Sep 26, 2015
    89
    I have played Destiny since its launch last year, and I can confidently say that with the Year 2, and The Taken King DLC upon us, this is what Destiny pretty much should have been all along.
  6. Sep 21, 2015
    87
    One nice try solving some mistakes made in the original game, but there's still room to improve... We need more content and new locations.
  7. CD-Action
    Dec 16, 2015
    70
    After the third expansion Destiny is the same “random loot generator” it has always been, just with some more story in between. [12/2015, p.62]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 100
  2. Negative: 40 out of 100
  1. Sep 15, 2015
    10
    Most people who are critical of the Year One Destiny will tell you that there is no story (Bungie doesn't present it well because it's mostlyMost people who are critical of the Year One Destiny will tell you that there is no story (Bungie doesn't present it well because it's mostly hidden in the grimoire cards) or that there is no end game (which is objectively false). Where Destiny fell short in the "campaign" in year one, they vastly made up for in how awesome the end game was. Raids and Prison of Elders are a blast to play in a group. That all being said, TTK improves itself across the board. Worried about a lack of story? The amount of personality and story content provided in the first two missions of TTK alone is more than the entire vanilla Destiny. Want more random stuff to do? Public events have been vastly improved in both fun and difficulty. Bounties have been redesigned for multiple quick pickups rather than a few lengthy grinds. There's a brand new Court of Oryx event that's also a blast to play. Want more end game? PS exclusive strikes have been brought over from year one and the new strikes are twice as cool as the vanilla Destiny strikes. And then we have a new raid as well.

    Oh, and Destiny has the best gaming community I've ever experienced.
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  2. Oct 11, 2015
    10
    The story is a lot more coherent now and has humor too. Really enjoyed playing this. It really seems to be a lot more self-aware than any ofThe story is a lot more coherent now and has humor too. Really enjoyed playing this. It really seems to be a lot more self-aware than any of the previous DLCs.

    Nathan Fillion helped Bungie knock this one out of the park!
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  3. Dec 24, 2015
    9
    Destiny TTK is good.

    I've played a lot of Destiny since the initial release and stayed near the top of the light levels (although I never
    Destiny TTK is good.

    I've played a lot of Destiny since the initial release and stayed near the top of the light levels (although I never felt like grinding the first two raids over and over so I stopped for a while).

    The additions for both singleplayer and multiplayer are solid. They've fixed a lot of the things people complained about and provided us with a lot of content to explore. I personally played the multiplayer more than many of my friends and generally find it balanced and enjoyable.

    I hate to even comment on other reviews but I see a lot of people referencing/reviewing the original game or complaining that they grinded the original release too much and now feel remorse. Sorry to those players, but scroll up and look at what game you're reviewing.

    Destiny TTK is an 8 or 9; in this case I'll round up.
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  4. Sep 27, 2015
    6
    While a much more solid game than Destiny's original release, it's still a heavily flawed game. Story is very much lacking and they expect youWhile a much more solid game than Destiny's original release, it's still a heavily flawed game. Story is very much lacking and they expect you to read content outside of the game. The expansion has more re-used assets than I've seen in any MMO, aside from one new area, you're taken to old planets once again to fight the same enemies you already have.

    Nightfalls and Raids still force you to find parties outside of the game, as Bungie can't be bothered to make a rudimentary LFG system. Raids also feel really awkward in Destiny, as up until that point it's a loot-driven game like Borderlands or Diablo. Suddenly you're stepping on panels, never moving, never using your cool weapons you found, simply not having fun. I'm not new to raiding, I've done it for years, it just doesn't seem to fit in a game like Destiny.

    The game has very little replayability. You're mostly playing old content, farming the same bosses, and doing the same old things. It gets stale pretty quickly.

    PvP is just as bad as it's ever been. You might as well not even try unless you've already got nice Legendaries or Exotics. It's still a laggy mess where people camp with shotguns or wait for their supers to be up to get free kills and then hide again.

    Overall it's an okay game if you're looking to kill time for a week or two, but I wouldn't recommend it for anything longterm.
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  5. Nov 23, 2015
    4
    More of the same. For the price, this is not worth it. If you plan on playing Destiny some more, the buy it. If you're on the fence aboutMore of the same. For the price, this is not worth it. If you plan on playing Destiny some more, the buy it. If you're on the fence about Destiny, then you might as well quit playing with this one. It'l keep you interested for 2-3 weeks. Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2015
    2
    While it may add some content and fix many problems with Destiny, there is a glaring fault. I have to pay $40 to fix a game. This isWhile it may add some content and fix many problems with Destiny, there is a glaring fault. I have to pay $40 to fix a game. This is essentially a pay-to-play patch. And if I don't buy? The amount of content I can access goes from %100 to ~%40. The Taken King is yet another failure for Bungie. Expand
  7. Jun 3, 2016
    0
    I used to love Destiny as it was fun and exciting even challenging. Now with the ignorant expansion and all the changes 1. Year 1 gear/guns =I used to love Destiny as it was fun and exciting even challenging. Now with the ignorant expansion and all the changes 1. Year 1 gear/guns = worthless. 2. raid guns worthless. 3. Same old crap different flavor. 4. Take away one of the best additions (SRL). 4. Reward system is total crap.

    Now let's move onto the PvP portion. I have never seen a worse game to play pvp since gaming was invented. p2p connectivity is totally **** up. Players lagging into walls, not taking damage, can't kill them, snipers that NEVER miss even though they are getting plastered with bullets, characters blinking only to shoot you with sheer perfection while in mid air.... Trials is possibly the worst of the worst. Since this is a peer to peer connection it is inevitable that during the required 7 games (with boons) you must win for lighthouse you are going to run into the lagging, cannot kill, bullets seem to be made out of cotton, of course they are incredible 2 shot you with any gun any where on the map. Sniping you headshot EVERY time even though you hit them first.... Before you think I am full of **** I have been flawless several times (how I have no idea). I have been 7-0 or 8-0 at least 100 times then run into the above type teams usually from mexico or uk that no matter what seem to be wearing bullet proof vest and carrying 2 shot kill weapons each match. Try as you may there is no killing them. Doctrine of Passing (which of course they nerfed to not piss off mida and last word users) usually takes about half a clip to kill someone if you are decent but when facing above team 2 doctrine's empty clips into the same player and you MIGHT get his initial health bar off but kill him hell NO....
    Then there is regular crucible or Iron Banner which is basically the same thing as trials with all the damn lag oh but wait there are now 6 guys you cannot kill but 2 shot you. Wait for it.... Get on the right side of the connection now you have become the beast you thought you were killing everyone and wrecking it. Don't get excited you are just on the lag team and next match your mida, pdx45, sniper, DoP well they just caught a case of cotton rounds.
    Play pvp long enough and you will be just like me unless of course you are one of the lucky ones that always seem to be on that side of the connection or fortunate enough to not get stuck in a foreign lobby. **** bungie sitting in their test lab saying its all good. Oh the damage referee is dead but more likely they lied to us again it never existed. If so then why did I just shoot this warlock 4 times with an invective, melee him 5 times and stick a grenade to him while he is walking into a wall or even better magically appear behind you and 1 or 2 shot you... I will NEVER play pvp again, they have progressively made it worse and worse and worse and worse...
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